Gov welcomes Drilon, Alunan at Capitol



Gov welcomes Drilon, Alunan at Capitol
Puning resort management:
We are not barring tourists
By Marna Dagumboy
-del Rosario
MARCH 02, 2016
SATELLITE AUDIT OFFICE. Gov. Lilia G. Pineda joins COA Chairman Michael Aguinaldo (C), Commissioners Jose Fabia and Isabel
Agito, RD Maria Corazon Gomez, PG-ENRO Arthur Punzalan, and Asst. Com. Arcadio Cuenco during the groundbreaking ceremony for the
Provincial Satellite Auditing Office at the Capitol Compound. Inset: Proposed facade of PSAO. --JUN JASO
CLARK FREEPORT – The operations manager of the
Puning Hot Springs Resort
has denied the alleged discrimination on local residents and tourists wanting
to visit the famous destination.
Joseph Lozano, Puning
operations manager who
invited members of the
Pampanga Press Club at
the resort on February 29,
said they decided to hold
people on the gates near
the resort’s spa for “safety
He showed the stiff portion of road leading to an
Aeta community and the
end portion of it is near the
Sacobia River.
Lozano said people
on board 4x4 vehicles can
pass through the portion
of the road. “We highly recommended only 4x4 vehicles to avoid accidents,”
he added.
Lozano said “we have
not closed the road and
anyone can pass but we
recommend coordination
with us.”
Lozano said they em-
ploy at least 69 regular
Aeta workers. He added
that “we employ at least
130 more Aetas” when
there is maintenance work
and emergency cases.
He admitted that some
of their workers receive
P259 per day, which is below the standard rate of
P359 per day for regular
workers in Central Luzon.
“But we have an agreement that it’s okay for them
to receive a lower salary so
that more Aetas can work,”
said Lozano. Puning, a popular destination frequented by Chinese and Korean tourists,
started with 15 Aeta workers in 2008.
“There was a miscommunication between us
and the group of Rene
Romero,” he said. “We allowed him access after the
usual procedures.” Earlier, members of
a 4x4 club have publicly
criticized the management
of the Puning Hot Springs
for barring a public road
that leads to an Aeta community. Pampanga Chamber of
Commerce and Industry
Experts: Pampanga will
not experience El Niño
Gov welcomes
Drilon, Alunan
at Capitol 7
By jess malabanan
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Farmers in Pampanga and the rest of Central Luzon can
heave a sigh of relief as most of the provinces in this region will not experience the
dry spell brought about by El Niño, at least for this year’s summer season.
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“Nanay” Pineda warmly welcomed Senate President Franklin Drilon and former
Department of the Interior and Local
Government Secretary Rafael Alunan,
who are both running for the Senate in
the upcoming May 9 elections.
The two senatorial aspirants, who
discussed their accomplishments and
their proposed bills once elected senators
of the land, graced the regular Monday
Flag Raising Ceremonies of the Provincial Capitol.
Drilon told the employees of the provincial government about Executive
Order 201 signed by President Benigno
Aquino III which provides for their salary increase effective January, this year.
He said the President is bent on implementing the P58 billion intended for
the salaries of government employees,
as provided in the General Appropriation Act allowing the salary adjustment
under the salary standardization for the
year 2016.
The Senate President said the executive order provided the authority for the
salary increase of government employees
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COURTESY VISIT. Former Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Rafael Alunan III and Senate President Franklin Drilon,
accompanied by 1st District Rep. Joseller ‘Yeng’ Guiao, pay a courtesy visit to Governor Lilia Pineda. --JUN JASO
Headline Gitnang Luzon • march 02, 2016
Alunan: US warned PH of becoming ‘narco state’ 20 years ago BY jess malabanan
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Bagumbayan Party senatorial aspirant
Rafael Alunan lll yesterday said
that the United States government had warned authorities 20
years ago that the Philippines will
become a “narco state” due to its
problem on illegal drugs.
“Twenty years ago before I left
government service, my counterpart in the US told me that should
the Philippines fail to address the
illegal drugs situation, the country
would lean towards becoming a
narco state,” Alunan told reporters.
“[After] the warning by the US
authorities I submitted the official
report to the President as it became
a national security threat. I looked
at it as an immediate concern for
us to reform our justice system to
prevent expansion of illegal drugs
syndicate,” said Alunan.
Alunan said the illegal drugs
problem has become a national
security concern as it destroys the
future of the youth and their families.
Alunan’s report led to the
creation of the Dangerous Drugs
Board, Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency, the active participation of local government units and
the establishment of drug rehabilitation facilities all over the country.
PDEA-3 Director Gladys Rosales said the government is win-
ning the war against illegal drugs
syndicate as proof of the bulk of
unlawful substances seized from
the previous years up to the present.
For 2015 alone, Rosales said
more than 700 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu)
have been confiscated aside from
laboratories that were discovered
and dismantled. Rosales said a dramatic decrease
in terms of the number of drug users
have been noted from 1.7 million in
2012 to 1.3 million in 2015. Citing the needed reforms in
the justice system, Alunan said he
is in favor of the death penalty only
for criminals who commit heinous
crimes, particularly drug trafficking
syndicates and terrorists. He said our
children, community and the entire
country are at risk from drugs. “Terrorists do not choose their
victims and they are not considered legitimate opponents in the
battlefield,” Alunan pointed out,
adding that government officials
who are sworn to protect society
and the country caught siding with
criminals and terrorists would
also face the death penalty.
The former interior and local
government secretary motored to
Pampanga where he sought the
support of Kapampangans. He
was welcomed by Governor Lilia
“It’s important for me to get
the support of Pampanga, being a
Kapampangan. I remember when
I was a child we used to visit here
before heading to Baguio City. My
ancestors are from Bacolor town,”
Alunan explained.
Other legislative agendas
to push in the Senate should he
emerges winner in the May elections, Alunan said, is quality education, content of education and
quality educators. Next is job security and job availability as students
will look for work after graduation.
“We’re going to make a review
on the Constitution particularly
on provisions that give industries
including agro and manufacturing of parts, the opportunities for
expansion for them to hire more
workers,” said Alunan.•
Bataan PPO
receives PGS Silver
Eagle Award
By Mhike R. Cigaral
LATEST DEVELOPMENTS. Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) Vice President for Commercial and Business Development
Darwin Cunanan gives an update to French Ambassador to the Philippines Thierry Mathou and Bases Conversion and Development Authority
(BCDA) President and CEO Arnel Casanova on CIAC’s latest developments. --CIAC-CCO PHOTO
Angeles City gov’t awards local artists
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
ANGELES CITY – The city government here lauded local
artists through the “Pupul
ning Banua” Awards 2016 at
the Plaza Angel in Barangay
Sto. Rosario.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said that Pupul has been
conceptualized to recognize
Angeleños who have been
making strides in the field of
cinema, music, fashion, visual arts, and literature, among
others, in the past year.
“This is in line with our
continuous effort and commitment to promote, preserve and further our city’s
local culture and arts scene.
At the same time, it is also a
way to laud the people who
have devoted their time and
effort in the creation and
performance of masterpieces
that the whole world appreciates,” Pamintuan said.
He added that the awards
night is a gesture of pride and
appreciation to Angeles’ local
According to Dr. Richard
Daenos, head of the Angeles
City Tourism Office, Pupul is
a local version of the Ani ng
Dangal Awards of the National Commission for Culture
and the Arts.
“In this context, the
word Banua can either mean
two things: first, we are being
thankful for a year of good
local artists... Page 7
Bataan Police Provincial Office (BPPO) on
Monday received the
Silver Eagle Award, the
second highest award
from Camp Olivas for
garnering a huge score
during the initiation
stage of PNP’s Performance
System (PGS).
Bataan police director Senior Supt.
said the efficient performance of the provincial police office
is manifested in the
large-scale anti-drug
operations that led
to the neutralization
of organized crime
groups and drug pushers in the province.
aimed at reforming
the PNP to address organizational dysfunctions, has four stages
that include initiation,
compliance, proficiency and institutionalization.
The Regional Po-
lice Strategy Management Unit (RPSMU) of
the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) gave high
ratings for the BPPO
The PNP raters
include members of
the community that
include the academe,
NGOs, media, pastoral
council and other force
Former Pilar town
mayor and general
manager of the Metro
Bataan Development
Pizarro, who heads the
council, joined the deliberation last December 2015 in Camp Olivas.
Dir. Rodolfo Santos
Jr., Regional Director
of the National Police
Commission (Napolcom) Region 3, formally gave the award
to Senior Supt. Sermonia during formal
rites in Camp Olivas, witnessed by PRO3 officials led by Central
Luzon Police Director,
Chief Supt. Rudy Lacadin.•
Council launches awards
for outstanding fishery execs
BY Charlene
A. Cayabyab
– The Philippine Council for Agriculture and
Fishery (PCAF), the
advisory body of the
Department of Agriculture (DA), recently
launched the first-ever
search for the outstanding Agricultural
and Fishery Council
(AFC) chairpersons
and coordinators.
The search aims
to acknowledge the
remarkable contributions and services of
deserving incumbent
AFC chairpersons and
coordinators at the regional, provincial and
municipal levels. The criteria for
evaluation focused on
the significant contribution to the agriculture and fishery
sector, leadership, performance, sustained
commitment and service to the AFC, agrifishery undertakings
or the livelihood projects, community involvement, efficiency,
effectiveness and creativity.
Aside from the
criteria, AFC chairper-
sons should have rendered the same position at least three years
of service, while coordinators should also be
in their current position for at least five
years to be qualified.
C u r r ent ly,
the search’s Board of
Judges is evaluating
nominations from different regions. Winners will be
announced on March
9, 2016 which coincides with PCAF’s celebration of its inaugural
Volunteers’ Day. The search is one
council... Page 7
UPDATES. Angeles City Mayor Ed Pamintuan updates local media on improvements in the city with regard to crime
rate and other developments. Also in photo are vice mayoralty candidate Coucilor Atty. Bryan Nepomuceno and newly
installed Angeles City Police Office Director Senior Supt. Sydney Villaflor. Taken during the monthly media breakfast
forum at the Heritage District in Angeles City. --jp manalang
march 02, 2016 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
New Negosyo Centers
to be established in CL
By Marna Dagumboy
-del Rosario
Speed Ahead” – this is the thrust
of the Department of Trade and
Industry (DTI) in the establishment of Negosyo Centers in Central Luzon for 2016, one of the
key support programs for Micro
Small and Medium Enterprises
According to DTI-3 Regional
Director Judith P. Angeles, at
least 12 more new Negosyo Centers will be established this year
to help start-up businesses, potential entrepreneurs and existing MSMEs in Central Luzon.
Under the Go Negosyo Act or RA
10644 authored by Senator Bam
Aquino, a Negosyo Center shall
be established in each of the local
government units of the country to support inclusive growth
and economic development. The
Center provides business consultancy, capacity building, product
design and development, monitoring and other support services
for MSMEs. The center is also a
public-private partnership program of the government as it is
supported by the MSME development council and the local chambers of commerce or business associations.
Other Negosyo Centers are
located in partner academic in-
stitutions such as the Columban
College in Olongapo City. The
Malolos Negosyo Center is managed by the Bulacan Chamber of
For Central Luzon, the following cities and municipalities are the locations of Negosyo
Centers established in 2015: City
of San Fernando and San Simon
in Pampanga, Olongapo City in
Zambales, Balanga City and Dinegosyo centers... Page 7
20 YEARS OF SERVICE. Officials of the Clark International Airport Corporation (top, starting 3rd from L) President and CEO Emigdio P. Tanjuatco III;
Vice President for Airport Operations Management Group Jose Flores Jr.; Vice President for Commercial and Business Development Group Darwin Cunanan;
Vice President for Administration and Finance Lauro Ortile pose with the CIAC employees given the 20 Years Service Award during the 21st anniversary of the
airport corporation on February 19. --CIAC-CCO PHOTO
SSS, Tesda Bataan
sign pact on
DTS membership
By Butch Gunio
BALANGA CITY – The Social Security
System (SSS) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Bataan signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on SSS
membership of Dual Training System
(DTS) trainees in the province on Friday at SSS Balanga Branch, this city. The SSS was represented by its
executives Division Head, Luzon
Central Luzon Division Vice President Vilma Agapito, Luzon Group
Senior Vice President Josie Magana, Professional and Informal Sectors Department Assistant Vice President Noel Coyupan, Balanga Branch
Head Joel Villafuerte, and Mariveles Branch Head Jordan Herrera in the
MOA signing. Tesda Bataan was represented by its OIC Provincial Director Grace Castillo. “The partnership will also be
done in other areas in the country
as there are those who already approached us like in Cebu, but we
will first look its implementation in
a quarter year to see if there is still
fine-tuning to be made,” pointed out
Magana. “There is already Implementing
Rules and Regulations for this partnership between SSS and Tesda,”
said Agapito. For her part, Castillo said: “A
resolution has been adopted by the
Provincial Tesda Committee endorsing the partnership at regional and
national level.”
She also said there are more or
less 6,000 DTS trainees in the province who will benefit in the program. “The program is being discussed
with TESDA higher ups for the possibility of making it a policy to be
implemented nationwide,” the Tesda
dts membership... Page 7
Nadine, James for Parisian
and Milanos at SM
MANILA – She is sophisticated,
and charming; standing out from her contemporaries by being well rounded and
approachable – facts
that endear her to
many of her followers. He is young, edgy,
and fun; a FilipinoAustralian who rose to
fame after his success
in a local reality show,
where fans got the opportunity to know the
real person behind the
Together, Nadine
Lustre and James
JaDine, are two of the
freshest faces in local
show business. And
the hottest love team
recently collaborated
with Parisian Shoes
and Bags and Milanos to launch the hottest shoes and bags of
In this perfect
pairing, the SM Store’s
biggest shoes and bags
brands – Parisian and
Milanos – welcomed
James and Nadine to
represent their latest collection during
launch ceremonies at
SM Makati. From casual to trendy shoes
and bags, the collection includes a reboot
of styles, chic inspiration, and sports
These are
designed for today’s
generation of young
shoppers, who are as
passionate about their
sense of style, as well
as comfort and money.
Nadine’s fashion
choices are as wide
and varied as the
characters she plays.
From updated classics
to trendy street looks,
her top picks in this
year’s Parisian Shoes
NEW FACES FOR SM. Nadine Lustre and James Reid are officially welcomed to the SM Shoes and Bags family
by SVP and Business Unit Head Eugene Saw, AVP for Marketing Rina Bugayong, VP for Merchandising Nico Chu, SM
Store VP for Operations Anna Belmonte, SAVP for Merchandising Felanie Lim and VP for Operations Ross Oquialda.
jadine... Page 7
Romualdez asks: Will there be jobs for new graduates?
another batch of new graduates
about to enter the labor force,
senatorial candidate and kabalen
Martin Romualdez wants the
government to ensure that they
will find the jobs that will suit
their qualifications and skills.
“Government statistics indicate that there are over 1.1 million unemployed among those in
the age group of new graduates.
This high figure is unacceptable
and shows that government must
intensify efforts in job creation,”
Romualdez said.
The congressman issued
the statement following an an-
nouncement by the Department of Labor and Employment
(DoLE) that there are hundreds
of jobs available for new graduates.
The DoLE is mounting a se-
ries of job fairs nationwide to facilitate the employment of college
students graduating this month.
“Job fairs are welcome as
they provide ample employment
romualdez... Page 7
Headline Gitnang Luzon • march 02, 2016
Thank heavens
for small favors
LATE last year, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical
Services Administration or PAGASA
had predicted that a number of the
country’s provinces, including Pampanga, will experience El Niño from the
end of 2015 until the early part of 2016.
This had triggered a grim prospect for
the region’s farmers, and prompted officials to formulate plans to lessen the
effects of the impending dry spell.
Thankfully, experts revealed that Pampanga and the rest of Central Luzon will
not experience the severity of El Niño,
at least for this year’s summer season,
as the weather phenomena has weakened slightly.
According to local and international
weather prediction centers, El Niño
tends to weaken even during the summer months, although there is still a
possibility of weather abnormality in
the months of May and June.
But PAGASA said El Niño has weakened
in the month of January until February
this year, with hopes that the situation
extends until the end of April.
What more, the rainfall brought about
by typhoons “Lando” and “Nona” which
came during the end of 2015 helped reduce the effects of the dry spell in Pampanga. The widespread flooding in Central Luzon had apparently increased the
water level at the Angat and Pantabangan reservoirs.
Because of this, irrigation water is
enough to cover farmlands and farmers
do not feel the effects of El Niño even in
the summer months.
A lot of good comes out of the rains, after all. Let’s just be thankful that our
farmers don’t have to experience the
wrath of El Niño… and we’re not losing
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Triumphs & Breakthroughs
ORMER President Ramos was
correct when he cited Clark Development Corporation as a model government-owned and controlled
corporation (GOCC) because of the
many records and achievements of the
state firm since it was established during his term in 1993.
The finalists in the said category
were titans in the business world and
government agencies with national
scope. They include: Concepcion Industrial Corp., Hedcor, Inc., Integrated Micro Electronics, Inc., Magsaysay
Maritime Corp, Megaworld
Corp., PAGIBIG Fund, Philex
SKAL International Tourism are Hans
T. Sy for Integrated Tourism Enterprise, Dr. Mina T. Gabor for Sustainable Community-based Rural Tourism
Development. Dr. George T. Yang for
International Fast Food Chain, among
Tugade was first recognized by the same organization in 2013 but
respectfully declined to
receive the award as he
has just then started to
serve as president and
chief executive officer of
He humbly explained
that he would rather receive the award on the
basis of real and actual
Eric V. Jimenez
performance and not on
the basis of a mere apMining Corp., Pointwest Technologies pointment to a position.
Corp., and, Security Bank Corp.
True to his word, Clark was able
Past winners were: SM Prime to host a series of tourism events, inHoldings (2014); ADEC Innovations cluding conventions and global busi(2013); Ayala Land (2012); Magsaysay ness gatherings such as the MICECON
Maritime (2011); and, BDO (2010).
4Din 2014 and the 1st Senior Officials
CDC President Art Tugade, who is Meeting of Asia Pacific and Economic
also among the finalists in the Global Cooperation (SOM1 APEC) in Clark in
Filipino Executive of the Year category, January this year. attributed the recognition to the supCDC also renovated top tourist
port of all officers and employees of attractions such as the Clark MuCDC.
seum, the 4D Theater and the Parade
Tugade said “this recognition was Grounds that now include a rubberachieved through the support of our ized jog-walk path.
(CDC) Board of Directors and the
Meanwhile, CDC also has several
contributions of employees of CDC, breakthroughs in economic gains as
including the cooperation of all stake- based on the unaudited financial stateholders which resulted in the windfall ments for the year 2015. The state-run
of progress for Clark.”
company posted the highest revenue
The other achievement was when of P1.554 billion, highest net income of
CDC got an award from the SKAL P691 million and highest cash position
international-Makati during the 25th of P2.33 billion.
SKAL International Tourism PersonalIn 2014, actual financial gain of
ity Awards held at the Grand Ballroom CDC was recorded at P1.39 billion
of New World Makati Hotel in Makati compared to the 2015 gross revenues
City. The event coincided with the 34th of P 1.554 billion—higher by 12 perSKAL (Scandinavian acronym that cent.
stands for Sundher or Health; Karlek
Revenues for 2013 to 2015 accounts
or love, Alder or long life and Lycka or to 28 percent of the aggregate revenues
Happiness) International founding an- for the last 20 years, the report said.
For the last 3 years (2013-2015), avSKAL International Makati is erage revenue per year is P1.39 billion,
headed by its President Robert Lim which is more than twice the average
Joseph, Jr. It is a professional organi- for the years 1996 to 2012 (17 years) of
zation of tourism leaders around the P622 million.
world; promoting global tourism and
For gross revenues where these
net incomes come from CDC posted
Among the recipients of the 25th
THE PLUMB... Page 7
“In his column in one of the leading
broadsheets in Metro Manila, Ramos
said CDC is a ‘model GOCC,’ observing
the continuing investments, employment
generation, financial growth, among others inside the former US airbase.”
Ramos was in Clark last October
for a round of golf and was briefed of
the various progresses in the Freeport,
especially in 2015, where many figures
presented to him were almost at an alltime high—from the financial performance to the remittance of dividends
to the national treasury because of
the high income the state-owned firm
earned last year.
In his column in one of the leading broadsheets in Metro Manila,
Ramos said CDC is a “model GOCC,”
observing the continuing investments,
employment generation, financial
growth, among others inside the former US airbase.
He wrote that he “saw more enhancements from his previous visit,”
noting that CDC’s report that the foundation of good governance laid three
years ago has led to new highs in finance, business development and corporate social responsibility.
Aside from the observation of Ramos, the state firm also triumphs on
other governing aspects as the CDC
was conferred with the “Executive
Leadership” Team category in the
prestigious Asia CEO Awards, besting
other top corporations both in the government service and private sector.
The Asia CEO Awards, held on November 11 last year in Metro Manila,
was presented by PLDT Alpha Enterprise. It is considered the largest event
of its kind in the Philippines and one of
the largest in Asia.
the plumb
march 02, 2016 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
Ala nong gewa
on’t ask what your country
can do for you, but what
you can do for your country.” - John F. Kennedy
ALDOLDO namu, dakal a balita.
Aldoldo kareti miyaliwa lang klasi
dng balita. Mupin e mu pulus masanting nunge palak la pang dakal
teacher’s corner
malambat na lang atsu karin at alus
kelingwan da na ing panga-Pinoy da
kebat bigla da mong sabyan ing makanitang katuliran.
Atin panaun karing mengapapalabas anyang mipabalitang daragul
na ing silab ning kagulwan karing
bangsang Arabu lalu na kng Libya.
Deng karing miyaliwang
embahada ning Pinas ma-
tamu ing baluktut a pamanakala?
Itamu, itamung Pinoy uling bala ra
e tana tagana biasang tuki man kng
ustung batas a kekatamung dapat
ipairal mismu man keti kekatamung
Keti Pinas, nanu mo kaya ing
malilyaring dapat e magawa at deng
bage na dapat namang
marapat? Nung dakal
tamu expektasyun o
asahan keng gubyernu
katuliran tamu ita bilang memalen ning
bangsa. Lalu na e biru
ing pamamayad buwis
a babye tamu ibat karing sikanan a pagpawasan at pagsalbatan.
Mupin bilang metung
a mayap a memalen
katungkulan tamu ing
Aleesus Manarang
makisawpan para keng
ikaasensu ning balen at
kanyan lang memanaus na maman- bangsa. Nung pane tamung akakit
uli no pa deng Pinoy at deng kabalen ing pamagkulang da ring balang gutamu keti bangsa. Iti ban makaiwas byernu anti nemu namang pamagkeng masakit a bili da reti nung sisiti iti keng kakulangan ning parsakaling lalung sumiri ing prublema. tisipasyun at malasakit tamu bilang
Mupin, ninu deng linto makayatu memalen a keti kasakup. Ilele tano
keng milyari? Deng OFW tamu ila pa deng pulitikung mangasyas a
pang mimwa na kesyo makananu la batal at makanyan mu rin na lalu ta
deng pamilya ra at makananu ing lang lingapan at sopan deng lider a
kabyayan ra? Bage na balu tamung tutung manalakaran para keng ikae na kaburyan ning gubyernu ta keti kayap ning balen at bangsa.
Ining panaun tamung kasalungKanitang banwang 2011, mipaba- sungan, dakal tamu asahan. Dakal
lita karing miyaliwang media keti at tamu panayan. Dapot ing dake talwal bangsa. Ing banta ning pamag- mung pamagbayu at pamagdisiplina
bite karing atlung Pinoy keta bang- ulata namang e tamu mu naman
sang China . Karing e makaintindi ararapat mayap. Nasa tamung miat pulus mu salita marapal da mong kamayap tamung gubyernu na ating
sasambitla “ ot makanyan neman mangayap a lider dapot ninu-ninu
i P-Noy at Binay ot ala lang gewa?” wari deng bobotu at mangilukluk
Ninu mo deng lalto makarine ketang kareti?
makanitang pamanyalita nung ipilit
“Ining panaun tamung kasalungsungan, dakal tamu asahan. Dakal
tamu panayan. Dapot ing dake tamung pamagbayu at pamagdisiplina
ulata namang e tamu mu naman
ararapat mayap.” Magbalawe
deng e makatula. Uling dakal karing
mipapalwal karing diaryu at palabas
keng TV, radyu, at internet bage lang
makatas daya o makalungkut bigla.
Pilan nang banwa ing milabas
anyang kepalyaryan yang maragul a
delubyu ing bangsang Japon. Agpang
keng balita, keti la meyakit a kayapan
deng tau karin nung nu ing pamiyayadwangan da tutu yang mengwang
pangsin. Meyakit ya ing kayapan da
reti uling agyang pang mabayat a
kapagsubukan ing karelang daranasan e mu akit ing pamanyisi da ring
tau karin keng gubyernu dang karela
sasakup. Mupin, ninu deng linto makayatu karin? Detang Pinoy, detang
malambat nang manuknangan karin. Agapang karing interbyung karelang peramdam karing balita “ala
yang gewa ing gubyernu ning Pinas!”
para karela. Bage a makarine uling
Recipe for disaster
F I were in the shoes of President day is palpable. I could never forget my
PNoy, I would definitely hold a conversation with my son recently. This
grudge against the Marcos fam- will be the first election he will exercise
ily. I could never forgive nor forget the his right of suffrage. He told me that
people who sowed the seeds
of adversity upon my family. To voice out his animosity in public and to warn
the Filipino people of a possible regime of terror during
public conventions and on
campaign trails is just logical on the part of PNoy. The
Marcoses are back and no
one could stop them from
gaining leverage on the voting populace. The fact that
Senator Bongbong Marcos
made it to the Senate is proof
of their power recovery. People did vote for him and it is sad to note he would
that the Filipinos could easily consign vote for Senator Marcos because of his
to oblivion and bury the past without steadfastness and his lineage. I was
shocked to hear such recognition and
The new breed of Filipinos is now immediately after, I told him about the
captivated by the blandishment of Sen- dark days of the Marcos regime. Someator Marcos. Why? I really don’t know. how, what I have just told him would
The continued criticism of PNoy to the change his decision. Marcos family seems ineffectual. And
Now, his chances of winning the
Senator Marcos knows it.
vice presidentiable race is plausible
His access to the generation of to- compared to the administration bet
Leny Robredo. The fact that PNoy
keeps on exposing Senator Marcos in
the limelight can serve as an advantage
on the part of the latter. Thomas Hob-
“If I were again in PNoy’s shoes,
I would refrain myself from trotting out Senator Bongbong Marcos
to the new breed of voters. Their
minds are far different from those
Now We Know! who experienced the torments of
the Marcos era.”
bes once said that “Curiosity is the lust
of the mind.”
If I were again in PNoy’s shoes, I
would refrain myself from trotting out
Senator Bongbong Marcos to the new
breed of voters. Their minds are far different from those who experienced the
torments of the Marcos era. Their curiosity could lead to preference and that
could be a recipe for disaster. •
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Heart of education is the school
by Niña Sumalabe
HE School Improvement Plan (SIP), pursuant to Republic Act No. 9155 known as Governance of Basic Education Act of 2001, aims
to strengthen School-Based Management (SBM)
by further devolving the governance of education
to schools, empowering school teams and personnel, expanding community participation and involvement, and making the delivery of education
services to the learners more responsive, efficient,
and effective through an enhanced school planning and communication process.
According to Department of Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, the SIP is a roadmap that
lays down specific interventions that a school, with
the help of the community and other stakeholders,
will undertake within a period of three consecutive school years.
It follows three phases: Assess, Plan and Act.
The Assess phase is where the identification of
priority improvement areas (PIA) is done and the
general objectives of the SIP are set. This includes
listening to the voice of the learners and other
stakeholders and analyzing the school data and
processes to determine the root cause of each PIA.
The plan phase involves the preparation of the
writing of SIP. It is when the formulation of the
solutions and development of project designs are
done. The act phase involves small-scale testing
then implementation of the solutions. Constant
checking of the implementation progress is done
in this phase as well.
The implementation of development activities
integral to it are in the school such as projects under the Continuous Improvement Program (CIP),
the creation and mobilization of Learning Action
Cells (LACs), and the preparation of the School Report Card (SRC).
Luistro said the SIP seeks to provide those
involved in school planning an evidence-based,
systematic approach with the point of view of the
learner as the starting point. Ultimately, it is envisioned to help schools reach the goal of providing
access to quality education.
The SRC is a tool for advocating and communicating the school situation, context, and perforNIÑA SUMALABE... Page 7
The school and the community
by Nenita A. de Leon
HE school and the community forge a kind of
partnership where both are willing to share information as well as responsibilities to the best
interest of the children while in school, likewise when
dealing with members of the community.
Both are the mainsprings of effective and powerful
forces that can create wholesome climate for mutual
gains and betterment.
The parents are the first teachers in the home. They
are responsible for the development of values, attitudes
and habits that will be needed as their children associate with classmates in the school. Teachers in the
schools continue to enrich the students’ experiences at
home, thus strengthening the valuable personal traits
and characteristics initially developed.
The members of the community, in addition to the
parents and relatives like the government officials, the
professionals and all the residents are highly motivated
to participate in the parent-teacher activities and projects.
While children experience difficulties and problems
on ability to accomplish assignments, irregular attendance, study habits in school negative attitudes, and selfdiscipline, the best way to thresh out causes and come
up with solutions is to conduct a dialogue wherein parents may be invited to drop by the school or the teacher
may pay a visit to their home.
A calm and friendly face-to-face exchange of observations could straighten some disturbing interactions
ending with a promise of undertaking remediation in
both quarters. Positive attitudes of kindheartedness
and patience are developed through modeling.
Regularly in attendance and doing daily assignments need strong motivation and encouragement
from both sides. Letters and praises to parents for outstanding performances build confidence and strengthen determination to continue the good work. Interesting lesson never fail to motivate students to present
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Inspirasyon ang pag-ibig sa isa’t isa
INSPIRED ang bagong magkasintahang James at Nadine magmula nang maging sila last February 11.
Naging malaking factor ang regular nilang
pagsasama sa kanilang
nagtapos na hit teleserye na “On The Wings
of Love” kung bakit sila
na-in love sa isa’t isa
considering na tatlong
beses na silang nagsama
sa pelikula – “Diary ng
Panget,” “Talk Back and
You’re Dead” at “Para sa
Hopeless Romantic” para
magkalapit ang kanilang
Ang maganda, naging
mag-best friends muna
ang dalawa bago nagkain-
Kris at James, puwede nang
mag-asawa sa iba, pero...
ANNULLED na ang kasal nina
Kris Aquino at James Yap kaya
kung nanaisin ng mag-asawang
muli ng dalawa ay posible.
Buntis ngayon ang Italian
girlfriend ni James na si Michaela Cazzola pero wala pa
umano sa kanilang immediate
plans ang magpakasal.
Gayunman, hindi pa uma-
na sa ere ang “On The
Wings of Love,” ginagawa
naman nila ang bagong
movie na pinamagatang
“This Time” at magiging
busy rin sila sa kanilang
world tour this March na
magdadala sa kanila sa
Europe, US at Canada.•
Tunying, walang sama ng loob
no kinakausap ni James ang
dating misis na si Kris at anak
nilang si Bimby na may kinalaman sa pagbubuntis ni Michaela.
Bukod sa ipinagbubuntis
ngayon ni Michaela at anak
na si Bimby, may panganay na
anak si James na isa ring boy sa
dating karelasyon before Kris.•
HINDI man natuloy ang unang tambalan
sana nina Kris Aquino at Anthony Taberna
sa telebisyon, hindi masama ang loob ng
mister ni Rossel Velasco-Taberna.
Maybe blessing in disguise din ang
nangyari dahil may ibang plano para kay
Kahit nakapag-taping na ng dalawang
episode ang “Kris at Tunying,” hindi ito inaprubahan ng ABS-CBN management kaya
balik si Kris sa kanyang “Kris TV” daily
morning show.
Regular pa ring napapanood si Tunying
(Anthony) sa daily morning show na “Umagang Kay Ganda” at sa kanyang “Tapatan ni
Tunying” tuwing Biyernes ng gabi maging sa
kanilang tele-radyo ng ka-tandem niyang si
Gerry Baja , ang “Dos por Dos” ng DZMM.
During his free time, tumutulong si Tunying sa kanyang misis na si Rossel sa pagmamanage sa kanilang business, ang Tunying
Bakeshop & Restaurant na matatagpuan sa
Visayas Avenue in Quezon City na malapit
nang magkakaroon ng branch malapit sa
Speaking of Tunying, gaano kaya katotoo
ang balitang nakarating sa amin na may offer umano sa mahusay na radio and TV anchor ang ibang istasyon?
May kontrata pa si Anthony sa ABS-CBN
hanggang December this year. •
Heart, maraming natutunan kay Chiz
Jasmine at Sam, malabo na
MALABO nang magkabalikang
muli ang ex-sweethearts na
sina Jasmine Curtis Smith at
Sam Concepcion dahil meron
nang bagong inspirasyon ngayon ang nakababatang kapatid
ni Anne Curtis, ang non-showbiz guy from La Union na si Jeff
Si Anne Curtis ang unang
nagbuking sa bagong inspira-
syon ng kanyang kapatid nang
i-post nito sa kanyang Instagram account ang litrato na
magkakasama silang pamilya
na kumakain kasama si Jeff, na
tila welcome kaagad sa pamilya
ni Jasmine.
Everybody knows na hindi
in good terms sina Anne at Sam
nung ang huli pa at si Jasmine
ang magkasintahan.•
SA LOOB ng isang taon
nang pagiging maybahay, ay super dami na
raw ang natutunan ni
Heart Evangelista, lalo
pa at ang kanyang husband mismo na si Sen.
Chiz Escudero ang nagsilbi niyang mentor.
Bilang isang artista,
bukod pa sa hindi naman maide-deny na
well-off naman talaga
ang pamilyang pinanggalingan ni Heart, ay
fashionista naman talaga siya at glamorosa.
Pero ngayon, ayon
na rin mismo kay
Heart, ay mas naging
praktikal na siya, dahil
na rin sa impluwensya
ni Sen. Chiz.
ko siya, ipinakita niya
sa akin kung paano talaga maging praktikal,”
share ni Heart during
an interview sa pagbisita niya sa isang radio
station sa Davao City.
“Parang I’ve become a better person,
’ika nga. Para siyang
blessing sa akin dahil
para siyang teacher
sa akin,” dagdag pa ni
Busy man sa kampanya ang mag-asawa,
ay hindi naman daw
sya pini-pressure ng
kanyang hubby. Kumbaga, for Heart, ay
talagang willing lang
siyang sumama sa pangangampanya nito para
magbigay ng suporta.•
march 02, 2016 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
THE PLUMB... from Page 4
el niÑo... from Page 1
Local and international
weather prediction centers said that El Niño tends
to weaken even during the
summer months, but there is
also a possibility of weather
abnormality in the months of
May and June.
Ciervo of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and
Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said
El Niño has weakened in the
month of January until February this year, with hopes
that the situation extends
until the end of April.
“Nag-mature na daw ang
El Niño since last year kaya
nag-weaken na ito slightly,” said Ciervo during the
El Niño Summit hosted by
Pampanga Governor Lilia
Pineda and Department of
Agriculture held at the Bren
Z. Guiao Convention Center.
Citing a forecast issued
by international weather
observatories, Ciervo however said that normal rainfall
helped reduce the effects of
the dry spell in Pampanga.
Engineer Prudencio Santos, acting division manager
of the National Irrigation
Bataan Irrigation Management Office, said rains
brought by typhoons “Lando” and “Nona” that triggered widespread flooding in
Central Luzon, increased the
water level at the Angat and
Pantabangan reservoirs.
enough to cover our farmlands, that is why our farmers do not feel the effects of
El Niño even in the summer
months,” said Santos.
He said the NIA has allocated P114.5 million for
projects in Pampanga. These
include P14 million for district 1; P41 million for district
2; P46 million for district 3
and P23.5 million for district
Some of the projects are
on bidding and would be implemented soon.
Upper Pampanga River
Integrated Irrigation Systems (UPRIIS) Chief of Wa-
ter Management Group Engr.
Olympio Penetrante said
about 104, 436, 950 hectares
of farmlands benefited from
the irrigation water released
from the Pantabangan Dam.
Penetrante assured various stakeholders of enough
irrigation water for agricultural lands even with the El
Niño occurrence.
Present during the event
were DA Secretary Proceso
Alcala, DA-3 Director Andrew Villacorta, Pampanga
3rd District Rep. Oscar Rodriguez and farmer-leaders
in Pampanga.
Distribution of financial
assistance to farmers’ organizations capped the summit.•
gov welcomes... from Page 1
for this year.
He stressed that in 2017, the salary
standardization of government employees needs an enabling law which he would
push for continuous implementation once
re-elected senator this coming election.
Drilon disclosed that the Senate and
the House of Representatives did not affirm the proposed budget that includes
retired personnel, hence the salary stan-
dardization law is still pending for implementation.
“The allocated budget was only P58
billion. If we will include the retirement
we will have to come up with an additional P20 billion, which is not yet part of the
budget”, Drilon said.
He gave an assurance that the approved executive order for 2016 will not
be replaced or subjected to changes by
the next administration as it was already
Alunan for his part, said the local government units should be empowered with
enabling laws as they are the frontliners in
the delivery of basic services to the people.
The former DILG secretary said he is
in favor for the imposition of death penalty for members of drug syndicates and
hardened criminals.•
puning... from Page 1
Vice Chairman Rene Romero, Pampanga
Off-Roaders Club Inc. (Porci) head Engr.
Marni Castro, Land Rover Club president Atty. Robby Limjoco and other 4x4
club officials here said they were repeatedly barred by staff of the resort when they
tried to access a public road going to Sitio
The said road happens to be also the
road being used by tourists who go to the
resort, Romero said.
“It was a very big surprise for us. We
actually communicated with the management of the resort about what happened,”
Romero said, but lamented that the answer of the resort over the incident was not
to their liking. Limjoco said they were surprised af-
ter they were barred access, saying while
resort has 4x4 vehicles that ferry regular
tourists, others should not be barred from
accessing any public road.
Romero said they understand the investments of the Koreans in terms of
maintaining the route, but they believe
that Filipinos should not be deprived of the
vital access roads.•
into blockbuster movie “The Bet”; ballet
dancer Adriana Gozun; hip-hop dancer
Juan Paolo Lorenzo Escaño of the Ateam; jazz contemporary dancer Marrion Jeremy Quiambao; singers Reydan
Buenagua and Sassa Dagdag; visual artists Jojoy Zabala, Marilen Buan, Edu and
Eric Perreras; sculpture art designers Dr.
Vittorio “Vitt” Pantig and Arnel Garcia;
culinary artist Heinz Pelayo; and fashion
stylists Clarence Benedict Ayuyao and
Jefferson “Brit Tripudio” Cantor.
The following groups were also
awarded: the Holy Angel University
Chorale, Holy Angel University, AngelesPampanga Dance Athletes, ISCHAM
and Susie’s Cuisine.
Kaantabe king Asikan
Pupul ning Banua was also the
venue to present the Kaantabe king Asi-
kan award, which recognizes artists who
aren’t from Angeles, but have contributed immensely in the development of the
arts in the city while cultivating in the
youth the love and passion for arts and
Resident director Antonio “Tony”
Mabesa of Angeles University Foundation Repertory Theater was lauded as
the Kaantabe king Asikan awardee.
The trophy for the awards night was
designed by local artist Japs Viray.
Pupul ning Banua is the culmination of the city’s celebration of the National Arts Month. This is the second Pupul held.
For more information, contact 0977377-1585 or visit ACTO’s Facebook page
at •
local artists... from Page 2
harvest in the field arts; second, we are
providing a platform of appreciation and
recognition for the Angeleños who have
been blessed by the heavens with the gift
of artistry,” Daenos said.
He also added that more Angeleño
artists were awarded this year.
Pupul ning Banua recognized the
following Angeleños: Film producer
Ferdinand Lapuz; director Jason Paul
Laxamana; child performer Ryzza Mae
Dizon; screenplay writer Robert Tantingco; TV producer Gerrome Esguerra;
linguist Michael Raymon Pangilinan
for his papers titled “Kambal Siaula
Faithfully” representing Kapampangan Phonology in Sulat Kapampangan
or Kulitan and Kapampangan Hydronyms; Kimberly Joy Villanueva for her
best-selling pop-fiction book turned
romualdez... from Page 3
opportunities for new graduates. The government should really
provide the necessary assistance to those who will be joining
the country’s labor force,” Romualdez said.
The next administration, Romualdez said, should strive to
further bring down unemployment, which stands at around 10
Apart from employment facilitation strategies such as job
fairs, he said, the government should address the country’s jobskills mismatch problem.
Romualdez, the leader of the Independent Minority Bloc in
Congress, is running for a seat in the Senate on a platform of
compassionate leadership with job creation, universal health
care, free education and disaster resiliency among his priorities if given the mandate by voters in the May elections. •
jadine... from Page 3
Spring 2016 show how she loves to play
it up when it comes to her personal style.
For bags, Nadine opts for small
handbags, which she can carry from day
to night to hold her essentials. When she
wants things more laid back and casual,
she goes for bags accented with fringes
for an instant Boho-chic.
James, on the other hand, repre-
sents the new generation of young gentlemen – sincere, cool, with an overall
great personality that matches his great
looks. Ever the cool dude, James loves
the casual styles and comfortable fit of
Milanos shoes. He transcends from
boy-next door to ultimate heartthrob
with casual styles in blues and browns.
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Bataan provincial director
also earlier disclosed.
Herrera pointed out that
their target is to make all TESDA DTS trainees in the country become SSS members.
“DTS trainees have income
and they will be registered as
self-employed employees,” he
DTS is a training modality implemented by Tesda
that combines theoretical and
practical training. It is called
dual training because learning
takes place alternately in two
venues: the school or training
center and the company or
Herrera said SSS is working to expand its membership
particularly in the informal
sectors of the society.
In Bataan, tricycles op-
erators and drivers, members
of homeowners associations,
some barangays, LGU job order employees, vendors, and
inmates have become members of the social security
through diligent effort of SSS
Bataan officers like Herrera. •
P10.57 billion from 1996-2012 or 17-year
period while for the past two years, CDC recorded P4.11 billion. Moreover, CDC posted a
net income of P1.44 billion from 1996 to 2012
or 17-year period, while for the past 2 years,
CDC recorded P1.49 billion.
The CDC as a government corporation is
required to remit cash dividends to the national government. For the past two years it
has paid P720 million to the national treasury, CDC only paid P634 million from 19962012.•
NIÑA SUMALABE... from Page 5
mance to internal and external stakeholders.
Its objective is to increase the participation
and involvement of the community and other
stakeholders in making the school a better
place for learning.
With this, the DepEd has provided an SIP
Guidebook which details the procedure in
preparing the enhanced SIP and SRC, and
serves as the official reference in the preparation and implementation of the SIP and SRC.
The DepEd has urged concerned offices, local
government units (LGUs), and development
partners to conform to these guidelines as
they implement projects and activities related to school planning in DepEd schools.
The author is Principal I of Calumpang Elementary School, Calumpit, Bulacan.•
Nenita A. de Leon... from Page 5
everyday for an enjoyable participation in them.
Values and strong inclinations are instilled
starting from the home and are developed further in the school. Some of the most desirable
are: respect for elders and for the right of others,
cooperation, willingness to share, deep sense of
responsibility and persistence.
While the community would in turn show
their gratitude and appreciation by keeping the
school’s surroundings clean and comfortable for
the children and by sharing resources whenever
needed, the school officials actively participate in
community projects such as literacy assistance
project for out-of-school children and house campaign for healthful practice.
The municipality/city officials are likewise
ready to provide help in improving the physical
facilities of the school.
The author is Principal I of Longos Elementary School, Calumpit, Bulacan.•
negosyo centers... from Page 3
nalupihan in Bataan, Tarlac City and Concepcion in Tarlac, Malolos City in Bulacan, Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija and Maria Aurora
and Baler in Aurora province.
This year, at least 12 new Negosyo Centers
are expected to be established in different cities and municipalities in Central Luzon. The
launching of the centers this year will start with
the opening in March of the Iba Negosyo Center
in Zambales, Hermosa in Bataan, Guiguinto in
Bulacan and Cabiao in Nueva, Ecija. This will
be followed by the opening of Negosyo Centers
in Angeles City, Provincial Government of Pampanga and Moncada in Tarlac. Other centers that
will later be launched are those in San Luis, Aurora, in the cities of Gapan and San Jose in Nueva Ecija, in the city of San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan and the municipality of Capas in Tarlac. •
council... from Page 2
of the activities organized under PCAF’s Volunteers’ Day. This is PCAF’s unique mechanism to encourage private sectors’ participation in the development processes all over the
The nationwide search was announced to
all chairpersons and coordinators of Regional
AFC (RAFC), Provincial AFC (PAFC), Highly
Urbanized City AFC (HUCAFC), Independent
Component City AFC (ICCAFC), and City/ Municipal AFC (CAFC/MAFC) through the DA
regional field offices and PCAF-Partnership
Development Division.
Among the categories for the National
Awards are Outstanding RAFC Chairperson;
Outstanding RAFC Coordinator; Outstanding
PAFC/HUCAFC/ICCAFC Chairperson; Outstanding PAFC/HUCAFC/ICCAFC Coordinator; Outstanding MAFC/CAFC Chairperson,
and Outstanding MAFC/CAFC Coordinator. •
regional news
VOLUME IV • NO. 171 • MARCH 02, 2016 • WEDNESDAY
P1.6-B solar power plant project opens in Bataan
By Mhike R. Cigaral
Generation Power Technology
(NGPT) Corp. and renewable energy developer Citicore Power officially opened their 37-hectare solar
power plant in the Freeport Area of
Bataan (FAB) with an inauguration
“We welcomed the renewable
energy project of NGPT and Citicore
in 2014. Today, we are very pleased
to welcome anew the start of the
development of this project, which
would definitely provide more jobs
for the people of Bataan and Mariveles,” said Authority of the Freeport
Area of Bataan (AFAB) Chairman
and Administrator Deogracias G.P.
“The Authority expresses its
strong support to the project as it reaffirms our commitment to innovation and sustainable development
in the FAB,” the chairman added.
Citicore Power President Oliver
Tan and Citicore Power Executive Vice President Manolo Candelaria headed the ribbon cutting
ceremony. The inauguration of the
18-megawatt solar power plant was
attended by local government executives led by Former Sen. Miguel
Zubiri, Bataan Gov. Raymond Albert Garcia, Mariveles Mayor Jesse
I. Concepcion and representatives
from the Department of Energy
(DoE) and National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP.)
Bataan Gov. Garcia congratulated Citicore Power and NGPT for the
opening of the project. He pledged
support to the eco-friendly project.
“The solar power plant will
help reduce carbon emission in the
province. Therefore, it will help the
provincial government achieve one
of the targets of United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, which
is to ensure environmental sustainability,” the governor stressed.
Gov Garcia added: “We in the
local government thank NGCP and
Citicore Power for choosing the FAB
as the location of the solar power
plant. We vow to continuously support this project.”
According to Citicore Power, the
solar power plant is expected to help
avoid 13,000 metric tons of carbon
emissions per year, equivalent to
planting 600,000 trees. The facility
is made up of over 68,500 photovoltaic modules and is expected to
power 22,000 homes connected to
the Luzon grid. Construction at the
plant’s site started in October of last
To date, the power plant already
opened 300 jobs for the locals and
is continuously hiring new workers.
In a statement, Citicore Power
said that it is currently applying for
the national government’s Feed InTariff (FIT) Incentive for the operations of the FAB solar power plant.
The incentive is being coordinated
with Energy Regulatory Commission, DoE and NGCP.
“We are committed to providing
energy to the Filipino people with
little or no impact to the environment, as we aim to become one of
GOING SOLAR. (From L to R) Former Senator Miguel Zubiri, Citicore Power President Oliver Tan, Jesus Miracle Crusade Minister James Almeda, Director Ed
Saavedra, Citicore Power Executive Vice President Manolo Candelaria, Bataan Gov. Albert Garcia and Mariveles Mayor Jesse Concepcion lead the ribbon cutting
ceremony during the launching of the FAB 18-megawatt solar power plant in Barangay Alas-asin, Mariveles, Bataan. --FAB PHOTO
CDC’s economic performance highest in 2015 By Marna Dagumboy
-del Rosario CLARK FREEPORT — The financial
performance of Clark Development Corporation recorded the
highest in 2015 since the stateowned firm started managing
the Freeport in 1993.
Based on unaudited financial
statements for the year 2015 submitted to CDC President Arthur
P. Tugade, CDC posted the highest revenue of P1.554 billion,
highest net income of P697 million and highest cash position
of P 2.33 billion last year. The
P2.33 billion cash position was
attained even after remitting
cash dividends to the National
Government of P720 million
covering the years 2013-2015.
In the same report, the gross
revenue of P1.554 billion for
2015 is 12 percent higher than
the actual revenue of P1.39 billion for 2014. Revenues for 2013
to 2015 account to 28 percent of
the aggregate revenues for the
last 20 years, based on the annual report submitted to Tugade.
For the last three years (20132015), average revenue per year
is P1.39 billion, which is more
than twice the average for the
years 1996 to 2012 (17 years) of
P622 million, the report stated.
The net income of the stateowned firm for 2015 is P697 million, which is 26 percent higher
compared to 2014 actual performance of P554 million.
Net income from 2013 to 2015
has also surpassed the combined net income in the past 17
years (1996-2012) by 10 percent.
Of the total aggregate net income for the last 20 years, the
2013 to 2015 net income of P1.59
billion represents 52 percent.
“The highlights of this year’s
achievements can be attributed
to human capital and robust inclusive growth, not to mention
the programs that addressed
climate change, among others,”
said Tugade in his annual message.
Tugade said the collaborative
efforts exerted by employees
and the support by the members
of the Board of Directors paved
the way for the developments in
Clark in terms of employment,
technology and for a greener environment.
For 2015, employment has
reached 82,382 jobs. •
the leading renewable energy companies in Southeast Asia by 2020,”
Candelaria said in a statement.
NGPT signed an agreement with
the AFAB for the development of
the P2-billion renewable energy
project in January 2014. It signed a
business venture with Citicore Power for the solar power plant.•
PETA’s Batang
Rizal at Las Casas
Filipinas de Acuzar
BAGAC, BATAAN – Philippine
Educational Theater Association (PETA) will have an
exclusive two-night show of
one of its well-loved plays,
“Batang Rizal” at Las Casas
Filipinas de Acuzar this coming March 11 and 12, 2016.
The show features a young
boy named Pepito who opens
a portal book to the past and
to the future. His adventure
takes him to meet another
young boy, Pepe aka Jose Rizal, and to the colonial Calamba town of Laguna. Pepito
takes Pepe to the future and
they go through events that
feature revelations about heroes, love and friendship.
It will be a fun and exciting show for families to watch
together with kids in a place
as magical as Las Casas Filipinas where guests will be
taken back to the beauty of the
Spanish colonial period of the
country. The stage play will be
held at Hotel de Oriente Convention Centre which is also a
magnificent sight that people
of all ages will appreciate. A project of New San Jose
Builders, this Bataan destination is a distinctive opportunity for Filipinos of any age
to live through history even
just for a day. It is also an outstanding place featuring local
craftsmanship that will inspire creativity and appreciation of Philippine art. This show marks the first
partnership of PETA with Las
Casas Filipinas in hope to further strengthen the latter’s
commitment to preserve and
flourish Filipino culture and
heritage. A series of Filipinothemed shows will follow celebrating Philippine history
and it will have a training program spinoff that will ensure
sustainability of the project
by teaching in-house talents
of Las Casas Filipinas how to
recreate the discipline that
goes into each PETA show. Ticket prices start at P799
for adults and P399 for kids
nine years old and below.
Show tickets with heritage
tour and dinner options are
also available. Those staying
overnight can avail a special
promo price with room accommodation, heritage tour,
and tickets for two starting at
For ticket inquiries, please
log on to or call 332.5338,
332.5268, and 877.4501-02.•

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